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Do you teach or plan to teach private violin, viola, cello or double bass lessons? Or looking to teach groups or in a classroom? Perhaps you are a non-string major teaching strings? No matter which you are, you can easily learn to teach strings with the latest in string pedagogy from Smart String Teacher.

Smart String Teacher teacher training aims to establish a common foundation upon which all string teaching and playing can be built. Using SST’s new and highly effective methods will accelerate the way strings are being taught and lead to more successful students and more successful string programmes.

In this course you will learn to teach violin, viola, cello and double bass in a fun, hands-on setting. Participants will learn to teach through learning on secondary instruments.

Participants will be required to:

  • complete 2 hrs of homework per class:
    • 0.5 hr practice teaching
    • 0.5 hr practicing instrument
    • 1 hr written assignment.
  • Participants will also be required to find one person without experience with whom they will practice teach.

Total course time = class time + course work = 24hrs

Upon full completion of the course, you will be provided with a certificate of completion which can be a valuable asset when applying for teaching jobs, and when advertising for private students.

Learn more about the Smart String Teacher methodology.

 

Upcoming Sessions

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Spring Session

  • Hours: 2 hours x 6 weeks = 12 hours
  • Fee: $275 / $245 Apr. 15 early bird
  • Rental: instrument rental arranged on premises by Long & McQuade (or bring your own)
  • Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Dates: May 15, May 22, May 30, June 5, June 13, June 20
  • Location:  Lippert Music Centre, 976 Pape Avenue (three stops north of Pape Station)

 

Summer Session 1

  • Fee: $275/ $245 June 2nd early bird
  • Rental: instrument rental arranged on premises by Long & McQuade (or bring your own)
  • Hours: 2 hours x 6 days = 12 hours
  • Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Dates: July 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11
  • Location:  Lippert Music Centre, 976 Pape Avenue (three stops north of Pape Station)

 

Summer Session 2 – T.B.A.

 

Curriculum Outline

Day 1 – Setting up the instruments, bow hold, posture, instrument hold, left hand.

Day 2 – Putting bow to string, beginner scales, beginner tunes, playing by ear, method books.

Day 3 – Teaching by finger pattern, scales, shifting, and intonation.

Day 4 – Teaching bowing, dynamics, articulation, and rhythm.

Day 5 – Teaching students to practice properly, conducting, classroom management strategies.

Day 6 – Instrument set-up and basic repairs.

Other Topics – Self-directed learning and methods of evaluation.